So Long, Orange! I'll miss you....sorta
Well my brief fling with Ridgid was fun, seemed like great tools but most of the lighter more manageable (not to mention affordable) models of the drills and impacts have a lot of battery run-time issues. And topped off by the lack of availability (Ridgid tools and accessories like batteries) here in Canada I bailed, returned what I had, and bought this set:
came with a bonus xenon worklight, but a bag instead of the hard case, for CA$399 (about US$350)
I think the 14.4V LXT tools are too new on the North American scene to find many reviews but the 18V LXT's generally get favorable reviews and I found this (few comments about halfway down the page):
I might regret my decision in the long run, but I was tired of not being able to get what I wanted out of Ridgid and the HD stores up here.
I thought I'd save a pile of cash and just get the Ryobi tools- but I just didn't like them, the look, the feel.
I'd really love a Panasonic 15.6V set but hard to find and way too expensive here.
I know I can buy lots of stuff online from the USA, but many of those online retailers won't ship to Canada, I wasn't sure of the warranty implications, and it wouldn't be easy to return or exchange if I got a lemon or changed my mind.
Disaster- I'll keep checking to see what you finally decided to plunk your cash down on!
Even their compact 18V one is only 3.7lbs
By the way, where did you buy that set for $399?
By the way, where did you buy that set for $399? I live on the border with Canada and occasionally road trip there.
Originally Posted by dsydorko
The Makita Drill/Impact Set
I got it at Home Hardware. They do have stores across Canada I believe- looks like your closest to Ontario, I'm out west
Originally Posted by Disaster
it's on page 8 I think of this weeks flyer, they show it online. You can use this postal code to access the flyer when it prompts for one- T2G4R8
I really don't think this is the same as the white tools or any of the 62XX or 63XX models. But it has some pretty good features like the new 4 point motor and the user replaceable motor brushes, I'm surprised the little drill has a 1/2" chuck, the LED lights might prove to be handy occasionally, with the 3.0 Ah batteries runtime I hear is incredible, still 329 ft/lbs of torque on the drill, 1240 in/lbs on the impact, and I really like the features on the charger, although it's not the rapid one it is a 45 minute charge on these batteries and it's a really smart charger- with cooling fan, trickle/maintenance mode, conditioning cycle. I don't know if all Makita tools are made in Japan- but these say it right on them and I'm content with that as opposed to Malaysia, Taiwan, etc. They managed to get that low weight without resorting to too much plastic from what I can tell- still steel inside where it counts the most. My only complaints are (there's always something right?) short warranty (1 year); the clutch ring is small and the LED overlaps the bottom of it and it is kinda awkward to adjust even for a guy with smaller hands, but I guess sacrifices like this have to be made to make it so compact; and there's no bit holder on either tool (though I think you can add one from Makita); aside from the bag and the flashlight there was nothing else but a double ended phillips bit- a bit stingy with the little extras but oh well.